AFT Local 933

Demanding Answers from Judge Gorsuch

The Senate's Judiciary Committee on Monday will convene confirmation hearings in Washington, D.C. for President Trump's nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS). The impact of the eventual vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch's bid cannot be overstated. That's why union members are joining with consumer, social justice and women's rights advocates to ensure federal lawmakers fulfill their constitutional "advice and consent" duties.
 
Click here to urge Connecticut's U.S. Senators demand Judge Gorsuch reveal where he stands on the issues.
 

Spotlight: Educators Delivering "Tomorrow" for CTE Students

A high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) is increasingly being deployed as a tool to resolve mounting fiscal and workforce challenges facing our state and country. Preparing students to be both college and career-ready for high-demand jobs is an effective response to a fragile economy and employment insecurity. During the month in which the annual recognition of CTE is observed nationally, we're spotlighting union members here in Connecticut who prepare their students to "own tomorrow."
 

Comments on Lawmakers' Action to Decouple Standardized Tests from Teacher Evaluations

AFT Connecticut leaders made the following remarks on passage in the General Assembly’s education committee of legislation excluding student performance data on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) from teacher performance assessments:
 

Empowering Students to Learn the Lessons of Labor History

Public education, workers' rights and senior advocates yesterday joined the governor for the ceremonial signing of legislation to assist local school districts with teaching the history of the labor movement. The bill, which both chambers of the General Assembly passed in May with bipartisan support, was the culmination of years of grassroots advocacy by AFT Connecticut, union activists and legislators.
 
Click here for press coverage of the bill's final passage.
 

Educators' Voices Heard on ESEA Reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a national telephone town hall to in-district meetings with elected officials, AFT members from across the country have focused on the all-important reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members last week traveled to Washington, DC and met with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in New Haven to press for a return to the original mission of the keystone federal law for K-12 education: equity.
 
Click here for photos of the meeting with Sen. Murphy.
 

Holding Charter Management Companies Accountable

AFT supports a reform plan released today by open government advocacy groups In the Public Interest (ITPI) and The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) that would ensure charter schools fulfill their role in education as originally envisioned. The proposed "Charter School Accountability Agenda" also supports AFT Connecticut's current advocacy efforts to strengthen our state's laws governing schools operated by outside charter management organizations (CMOs) with public tax dollars.
 
Click here for a presentation on the national proposal.
 

Weingarten Tour Highlights Partnerships that Work

AFT President Randi Weingarten continued her national back-to-school visits last week with a two-state New England swing that showcased the type of trust, accountability and collaboration that has sparked concrete improvement in local public schools. After visiting two Massachusetts communities, she toured schools in Meriden and New Haven, where she was accompanied for much of the day by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
 
Click here for photos from Weingarten’s visits with Connecticut union members.
 

AFT President Randi Weingarten Takes Back-to-School Tour to Connecticut

Washington - American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten will continue her national back-to-school tour Friday in Meriden and New Haven. During her swing through Connecticut, Weingarten will meet with teachers and students and highlight the collaborative efforts in the two cities as a model for reform.
 
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to accompany Weingarten as she visits schools and talks with educators.
 

Comments on Creation of Task Force with Classroom Educators to Review Common Core

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the executive order signed today by Governor Dannel P. Malloy creating the Educators' Common Core Implementation Taskforce to review and make recommendations on improving implementation of new teaching standards:
 
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